I think it's fairly common in Rails to define a
render_404 method and do
render_404 and return
from actions when you want to show a 404 error page (as described here).
A better solution is to raise a custom
Error404 exception, then catching that in your
ApplicationController and rendering the 404 page.
Not a huge difference, but this means you don't have to mess with the
and return. It also makes it much easier to divide code across methods and classes, since only the current action can
return from itself, but any code it calls can raise exceptions that bubble up to the
I just put
class Error404 < StandardError; end
at the top of my
app/controllers/application.rb and add
rescue_from Error404, :with => :render_404
render_404 method is described in the article I mentioned.